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Worthy of Praise!

  No  one  else  can  bring  MY  praise  but  ME !

– quoted from a worship song
published by Prism Music

WHAT  IS  PRAISE?

Here’s a definition:

1. To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of personal worth or actions.

2. To extol in words or song; to magnify; to glorify on account of perfections or excellent works.

3. To express gratitude for personal favors.

4. To give honor; to commend and display the excellence of

THE NATURE OF PRAISE

Praise, according to the Scriptures, is an act of our will that flows out of an awe and reverence for our Creator.   Praise is an expression of the truth about who God is and what He has done.  Praise expresses truth about Jesus, our wonderful Savior.  We are essentially coming into agreement with the truth when we praise the Lord.  Praise gives glory to God and opens us up to a deeper union with Him.  It turns our attention off of our problems and on the nature and character of God Himself.  As we focus our minds on God and proclaim His goodness, we reflect His glory back to Him.  The results can fill you with peace and contentment ( Isaiah 26:3) and transform your outlook on life.  Our God is worthy of praise, and statements of praise are found throughout Scripture.

WHO  SHOULD  PRAISE  THE  LORD?

Angels.   “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word.”    Ps 103:20

The saints.  “Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.”    Ps 30:4

The Nations.  “O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise Him, all ye people.”    Ps 117:1

The Children.  “And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them,” Yea; have ye never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise’?””    Mt 21:16

People of every station in life, young and old.  “Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth!   Young men and maidens together, old men and children!  Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above Earth and Heaven.   Ps 148:11 – 13

All of Creation.  “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.  Praise ye the LORD!”    Ps 150:6

NO one is without excuse.  Praising the Lord is a command.  It is our purpose.  God created us with the capacity to recognize His majesty and supremacy, to respond to His love and mercy, and to praise Him for all that He is and for all that He has done.

REASONS TO PRAISE

Very simply, we praise God because He is worthy of our praise (1 Chron. 16:25; Rev. 5:11-14). He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is our Creator, Provider, Healer, Redeemer, Judge, Defender and much more.

Another foundational reason to praise God is simple obedience. The Bible says God is a “jealous” God who demands and desires our praise. “You shall have no other gods before Me,” says the first commandment (Deut. 6:7). As the psalmist said, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6).

As we praise God, we will discover incredible benefits for our lives.  That’s because human beings were created by God to praise Him (Isa. 43:7, Matt. 21:16).  Due to man’s original sin,  however, this relationship was disrupted.  Praising God helps restore us to that right relationship, for God actually dwells in the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). As we draw near to the Father in praise, He draws near to us (James 4:8).

Praise is also our ultimate destiny.  When the Lord Jesus Christ returns again to earth, all creation — including prideful mankind — will recognize His glory and praise Him. (Phil. 2:9-11)

HOW  ARE  WE  TO  PRAISE  THE  LORD?

WITH UNDERSTANDING   “For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.”    Ps 47:7

WITH THE SOUL   “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.”    Ps 103:1

WITH THE WHOLE HEART    “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all Thy marvellous works.”    Ps 9:1

WITH THE LIPS    “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee.”    Ps 63:3

WITH THE MOUTH    “O Lord, open Thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth Thy praise.”    Ps 51:15

WITH JOY    “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise Thee with joyful lips.”    Ps 63:5

WITH GLADNESS    “Moreover, Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer.  And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.”     2 Chron 29:30

WITH THANKFULNESS    “Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God.”    Ps 147:7

CONTINUALLY    “By Thee have I been held up from the womb: Thou art He that took me out of my mother’s body: my praise shall be continually of thee.”    Ps 71:6

TO THE END OF LIFE    “I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”    Ps 104:33

MORE AND MORE    “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise Thee more and more.”    Ps 71:14

Our God plans and does all things well!  Praise the Lord!

WHAT  ARE  SOME  SPECIFIC  ACTS  AND  ATTRIBUTES  FOR  WHICH  WE  CAN  PRAISE  THE  LORD?

Praise Him for Who He is!

1.  For His comfort…Isaiah 12:1; 2 Corinthians 1:3
2.  For His compassion…Psalm 28-6; 2, Corinthians 1:3
3.  For His enduring faithfulness…Psalm 117:1-2
“O LORD, Thou art my God; I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy name; for Thou hast done wonderful things; Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.”   Isaiah 25:1
4.  For His enduring love…Psalm 106:1
5.  Because He is eternal…Nehemiah 9:5
6.  Because of God’s excellency…Ps 148:13
“Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.”
7.  Because of God’s Glory…Ps 138:5
“Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.”
8.  Because of God’s goodness…Ps 107:8,15,21, & 31
“Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”
9.  Because of God’s greatness…Ps 145:3
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.”
10.  Because He is holy…Psalm 99:3,
“Who is like unto Thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?”   Ex 15:11
11.  Because He is in control…Ezra 7:27
12.  Because of God’s loving-kindness and truth…Ps 138:2
“I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and for Thy truth: for Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name.”
13.  Because of God’s mercy…2Ch 20:21
“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, that they should praise the beauty of His holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, ‘Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever’.”
14.  Because He is powerful and mighty…Psalm 21:13
Be Thou exalted, LORD, in Thine own strength: so will we sing and praise Thy power.”
15.  Because of His righteousness…Psalm 48:10
16.  Because He is sovereign..Psalm 47:7; 66:4
17.  Because of His splendor and majesty…Psalm 104:1
“They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.”   Isa 24:14
18.  Because of His wisdom…Daniel 2:20
“Daniel answered and said, ‘Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His.'”
19.  Because He is trustworthy…Psalm 56:4
20.  Because He is worthy of praise…2 Samuel 22:4; 1 Chronicles 16:25; Psalm 48:1
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Praise Him for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do!
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1.  For bearing our burdens…Psalm 68:19
2.  For forgiving our sins…Hosea 14:2; Ephesians 1:7
3.  For giving us salvation…Psalm 96:2; 1 Peter 1:3-6
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He hath visited and redeemed His people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David.”  Luke 1:68 & 69
4.  For giving us his strength…Psalm 59:17;68-35
5.  For His creation
6.  For His guidance…Psalm 16:7
7.  For hearing our prayers…Psalm 66:20
8.  Because He keeps his promises…1 Kings 8:15, 56
9.  Because He made us
For His marvelous deeds…Psalms 9:1 and 72:18
10.  Because He is preparing a glorious future for us…Isaiah 61:11; 62:7-9; Revelation, chapters 21-22
11.  For his spritual blessings…Ephesians 1:3-6
12.  Because of God’s wonderful works: Ps 150:2 Psalms 107:8, 15, 21
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Our God never tires as we do, and He never gives up as we are tempted to do.  He loves us with an everlasting love, and His mersies are new every morning!  What a wonderful God we have!
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Praise Him for His mighty acts: Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.”   Ps 150:2
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NOTE:  This post was compiled and edited, with the addition of a minimal amount of original content, from these three sources:
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http://www.momof9splace.com/praise1.html
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http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/cbnteachingsheets/keys-praise.aspx

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Do you know Jesus?

The decision to ask Jesus to come into your heart and life as your Lord and Savior is the best decision you could ever make!  The one true God is ready to give you forgiveness and eternal life as soon as you understand your need for Him and believe on the name of His only Son, Jesus, for your salvation.  Here’s a blog page link to help you find the answers to your questions about Jesus.  http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/do-you-know-jesus/

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